Best Bits London – Summer Cocktails 2017!

Not all of us are lucky enough to sip a Pomada in a cave overlooking the Mediterranean on Menorca. Some of us live in London, but we can bring a little of that Southern European sentiment into our daily lives with just a sip of these summer cocktails.

To celebrate the one year anniversary of my podcast, Best Sips Worldwide, I give you one of my favorite posts of the year – the Best Sips this aestival season.

COCKTAIL TRADING COMPANY
1. I had to begin with a cocktail off the recently launched, brand-new menu from Andy, Elliott and Olly of The Cocktail Trading Company (my first ever podcast!). Both beautiful looking and tasting, with ingredients such as Tapatio Blanco Tequila, habanero-apricot sherbet, and spiced corn orchata, we’ll all be […]

June 9th, 2017|Destinations, London, United Kingdom|0 Comments

How to make winning a bartending competition look easy!

Superlatives are needed when describing our next guest, Aidan Bowie,  and his place of employment, Dandelyan, in London. World Class Diageo UK Bartender of 2016, Class Magazine’s Best Bar in the UK, Best Hotel Bar and Best Drinks Menu for their Modern Botany theme as well as one for Aidan as the Bartender of the Year, and the list goes on and on.

Thank goodness for us, he got behind the bar after completing his studies in civil engineering. A Scot by birth, he won the first competition he entered for Auchentoshan Single Malt Whisky.

Now, as his year as the World Class Diageo UK Bartender comes to a close, he sits down with me to discuss how he made it to the top of the shelf.
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June 6th, 2017|Best Sips Worldwide, Season 1|0 Comments

A Bit of Spain: The 10 Best Bits of Menorca

I think of them as the three Graces – Mallorca, Ibiza, and Menorca: Mallorca is Hera, the biggest and mother of the three; Ibiza is Aphrodite, glamorous and ready for fun; leaving Menorca as Athena, the wise, the knowing, and the gin-sipping.

All three Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain glisten in the Med beckoning us to choose like Paris. Thank goodness, the choice was made for me, avoiding another Trojan War, when I was invited by Visit Spain and Traverse Events to spend a week enjoying its sunny coasts, sandy beaches, sky-high hills, and grape-based gin.

Its strategic geographical location in the Med has made it sought after through time by Vikings, Ottomans, Pirates, British, among others. Maybe they just came for the Mayonnaise (It […]

June 2nd, 2017|Destinations, Menorca, Spain|3 Comments

Simo, Milroys of Soho, London

Before anyone else even knew about drinking single-malt whisky, except the Scottish of course, Jack and Wallace Milroy were in their van traipsing across the wilds of Islay to bring it back down to London. Originally opened in 1964, Milroy’s of Soho grew into a mecca for those looking to sip the angel’s share. After a turbulent few years, it is now back from the ashes.

Along with his companion, Chester, a Jack Russell, who really runs the show, Simo brought Milroy’s back to the glory of its former days. Not only do people come from around the world to buy hard-to-get whiskeys from Scotland and abroad, but old customers who knew it “when” are returning to Milroy’s in droves.
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May 23rd, 2017|Best Sips Worldwide, Season 1|0 Comments

A Bit of UK: Ferries are the way to go!

I can’t comprehend why the adjective “Jet Set” still equates to being cool. I admit the idea of grabbing a jet to parts known and unknown still has some caché. The reality of air travel is quite the opposite, as we all know. Even if you’re flying first class, it can still be a hassle. No frills or furbelows when leaving from Stansted Airport in London, that’s for sure.

A day trip to the Isle of Wight, with a bunch of my favorite bloggers, confirmed that we have it all wrong. “Ferry Set” is how I want to be described from now on! It’s so simple. In fewer than two hours, you can pop a train to Southampton, grab a cab to the port and be […]

May 18th, 2017|Destinations, United Kingdom|5 Comments

John Ennis & Matt Farrell, Graffiti Spirits Group, Liverpool & London

Garnering the title of Mezcal-eria (tequila’s smoky sister) is no easy feat, but they did it. El Bandito was one of the first UK bars to be awarded this status by Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Hidden below the Drunken Monkey restaurant on Broadgate, steps away from Shoreditch High Street station, John & Matt are converting the neighborhood to 100% Agave and Mezcal.
Their menu consists of flights of three tequilas and three mezcals for those just dipping their toe in the smoky water or six different mezcals for those who want to jump right in. Don’t worry – there are margaritas on the menu – both Tommy’s and Frozen – or a Kale Mezcaleria, if you want something in the wellness category!

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May 16th, 2017|Best Sips Worldwide, Season 1|0 Comments